The Annapurna circuit which was rated as one of the great treks in the world has now become truncated due to road construction on both sides. However, a visit to Manang, Ice Lake, Tilicho and the Grand Barriere and the crossing of Thorung la pass is still a worthwhile objective with stupendous views. Hence with a short itinerary it is still highly recommended. 

The trek starts at around 2800 metres and goes as high as 5416 metres! The days are well planned to ensure that you walk shorter days for proper acclimatization with a number of rest days thrown in.

Who should join this trek?
A good choice for regular hill walkers, high level of fitness required. Prior trekking experience advisable.
1) Walking times: average 6-7 hours walking per day (with some longer days  Throung Phedi to Muktinath 9-10 hours)  with some rest days included.
2) Altitude: up to 5,416m at Thorung la.  
3) Terrain: for some of the time following well-travelled trails although also likely to encounter rough and rocky conditions. There is a steep ascent to Thorung la which could be snow covered. Tilicho also has rough sections on the trail.
4) Remoteness: the trek is in a remote mountain area and a long distance from the roadhead and the nearest cities. However mobile phones and wifi will work on most of the days.
5) High altitude insurance including emergency evacuation insurance by helicopter is recommended for this trek.

Trek Leader - The trek will be led by a senior South Col Nepal guide.

Minimum group size is four for this trek


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BRIEF ITINERARY - 14 DAYS


Day 1 Kathmandu to Besisahar 6 to 7 hours to Syanje by road if possible 3 hours.

Drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar in micro bus with support team and onto Syanje if possible


Day 2 Besisahar/Syanje to Chame 2700 metres

Drive up to Chame and reach by afternoon - Stay the night at lodge in Chame for acclimatization.


Day 3 Chame to Pisang 6 to 7 hours walk


Day 4 Pisang 3200m to Ngawal 3640m to Manang 3540m by the high route

Pisang to Ghyaru 2 hrs 15min Ghyaru to Ngawal 2 hrs 15 min Ngawal to Braga 2 hrs 15 min Braga to Manang 40 min


Day 5 Acclimatisation day in Manang – visit Gangapurna ice lake for day acclimatization walk.


Day 6 Manang 3540m to Khangsar 3730m 3 hours


Day 7 Khangsar 3730m to Tilicho Base Camp 4150m

Khangsar to Siri Kharka 2 hours Siri Kharka to Tilicho Base Camp 3 hours


Day 8 Tilicho Base Camp 4150m to Tilicho Lake 5019m and down to Siri Kharka 4060m

Tilicho Base Camp to lake 3.5 to 4 hours and back to Tilicho Base Camp 2 hours; Tilicho Base Camp to Siri Kharka 2 hrs.


Day 9 Siri Kharka 4060m to Yak Kharka 4040m

Siri Khola to Yak Kharka 4 to 5 hours.


Day 10 Yak Kharka 4040m to Thorung Phedi 4450m or Thorung High Camp 4833m

Yak Kharka to Ledar 1.5 hour; Ledar to Thorung Phedi 2 hrs; Phedi to High Camp 1 hour


Day 11 Thorung Phedi 4450m to Throung la 5416m to Muktinath 3672m

Thorung Phedi to High Camp 1 hour High Camp to Thorung la 4 hours Thorung la to Muktinath 4 to 4.5 hours.


Day 12 Mutkinath to to Jomsom 2720m - This is a one hour drive by jeep or a six hour walk back along on the Kali Gandaki.


Day 13 Jomsom 2720m to Pokhara 800m by flight - The 30 minute morning flight between the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges above the spectacular Kali Gandaki gorge brings to you to back to Pokhara and the end of the trek. Night at Pokhara


Day 14 Pokhara to Kathmandu by morning flight 9 am and then onto home destinations.

Dates will be intimated soon depending on the covid 19 pandemic

 INR 80,000/-- for Indian passports  ( for foreign passports please contact for price due to higher air fares/permit fees etc). Meals not included other than breakfast at hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara. Please budget USD 25-30 per day extra for your trek for meals, gas showers, wifi at lodges, battery charging, hot water in flasks, etc on actual basis paid directly to the lodges

Costs include:
Private transport Kathmandu to Besisahar to Chame on the way up.
All permits for the trek including ACAP and TIMS.
Two internal flights Jomsom to Pokhara on ($124) and Pokhara to Kathmandu ($123).
All accommodation on the trek on twin sharing basis – Best possible lodges will be provided as available with attached toilets wherever available.
Dedicated English speaking guide with knowledge of the Annapurna region and porters for bags will be provided.
Transport of guide and porter from Jomsom to Pokhara to Kathmandu
All meals and accommodation of guide and porter is included. In the cost
Hotel is included with breakfast on twin sharing basis in Kathmandu for 2 nights and Pokhara for one night.
Costs not included
Breakfast lunch and dinner on the trek is not included. Desserts, drinks, and exotic items listed in the lodge menus are not included. Alcohol, cold drinks (coca cola, sprite, beer), juices, ice cream etc on the trek. Bottled drinks; boiled, filtered or bottled water; alcohol; snacks etc
Client travel and medical insurance of any kind. Emergency evacuation costs if needed.
Hot showers (Rs 200-300 per shower); Personal clothing and equipment; sleeping bag; down/ goretek jacket, medicines for personal use etc.
Air fare from residence country to Nepal and back
Tips to porters and guide at the end of trek. Budget USD 70 per trekker for tips to the common pool.

 

 ITEMS REMARKS
 Duffle BagAll the equipment listed below other than what you need for the day should be packed into a duffle bag, locked and handed over to the porters in the morning. In case you cannot get a duffle bag in your home country these are available very cheap in Kathmandu and I can help you with this. The duffle bag should not weight more than 10 kgs! 
1Sleeping BagWarm sleeping bag is needed at least three season rated to 15F
2Daypack or Hipbelt To carry water, one jacket some nuts, chocolates, cap, camera to keep with you in the day, maybe gloves and cap as well, hiking poles etc.
3Boots or  Trekking Shoesone pair  
4Slippers or Sandals for camplightweight to wear in the evenings
5warm Socks2 pairs to carry  and one pair to wear
6Glovesone pair 
7Underwear1 to wear and 2 to carry
8Warm Capone- Wool or fleece is usually good
9Heavy jacket the warmest you can get as nights and early mornings are cold - down is usually preferred otherwise a warm synthetic filled jacket.
10Thermal Underwear ( top and bottom) - long johnsinner layer to wear at night and early morning ;  
11Mid LayerUsually a jacket of fleece or wool which can be worn over a thermal layer or by itself while walking 
12T shirts for walkingone to wear and 2 to carry - if the sun is hot you can walk in a T shirt
13Trousers /tights etcone to wear and one to carry light weight preferred
14One Rain Jacket /Wind Jacket/Soft Shell jacket useful in case of wind ... you may need it in light rain though we would usually take shelter and wait for the rain to stop. Our trek is not in  the rainy season though some light rain/snow  in the late afternoon evenings cannot be ruled out. 
15Torch or headlampone small needed  carry one set spare batteries
16Sun blocone small tube should be ok spf 30 or 50
17some essential medicinesvitamins, headache,  fever,  pain killers, diamox for altitude, your own specific medicines  etc
18Hiking polesif you have bad knees then this is recommended especially on the down hills!!
19Water bottle one no 500 ml  or 1 litre is ok you can use the 500 or 600 ml empty coke or pepis bottles
20Sun glassesthe sun is strong in the day
21Cap for the sunditto!
22small towelfor baths and wash up in case you can use the hot shower
23toothbrush, paste, soap, shampoo, vaseline, comband any other toilet items you may need!
24wet tissues - wet ones for bathroomcalled wet ones in India
25some washing powder surf etc smallto wash clothes en route if needed
26Nuts, raisins etc all mixed upcan be divided into small packets for daily use
27Chocolates /Energy Bars/Amul cheese slices/tea bagsCarry some chocolates or energy bars to have on the way. Amul cheese slices are very useful and can be had as snacks when you are tired of sweets!
28Sweetsfor energy
29Volini  gel/ Bengay etc for aches and  painsor any other equivalent
30Iodine or chlorine tablets  for water purificationavailable in Kathmandu- this is important as mineral  water bottles are expensive; for overseas visitors you can get iodine tablets in REI and other large outdoor outlets
31Electral or any other rehydating saltsCarry a few small packets  of electrolyte - useful to have mixed with water if dehydrated
32some spare plastic bags to pack  wet stuff, dirty clothes etc  
33Book in case you want to read on the way and IPOd for music optional!
34Two  small locks one for your duffle bag and one for your room in case the lodge does not have a lock
35Clothes line with hooks on either side in case you want to hang up your wet clothes to dry outside!!
36Super Glue To patch up boots that may give way!
37Face mask For dust, cold winds etc available in kathmandu
38Extra shoe laces one pair
   

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CANCELLATION POLICY
The cancellation policy and refunds available are given below:
0-7 days before the start of the trek =75% 
8 -15 days before the start of the trek = 50%
16-30 days before the start of the trek = 35%
31-45 days before the start of the trek = 25%
46 days and above = 15%
 

IN CASE OF LEAVING THE GROUP
If due to illness or any other reason a client has to leave the group and go down or wait at a campsite for the group to pick him/her up on the way back, all expenses including lodging, fooding and any porter/guide related expenses if any are to be borne by the individual client over and above the trek fees paid for the trek. There are also no refunds for leaving a trek before completion.
 

HIRING OF PONIES ETC
In the eventuality of a client needed the services of a pony to come down to lower altitudes, the cost of hiring the pony will be paid by the client.

CAMPSITES ON THE TREK
The choice of campsites to be used on the trek will be decided by South Col and clients will have to stay at these designated campsites. Clients are not permitted to choose their own campsites on the route.
 

TREK ROUTE
The trek route and day wise schedule will be fixed by South Col and will have to be followed by the client.
 

RISKS AND LIABILITY
The trek is in a remote mountain area and has certain additional dangers and risks, some of which include: physical exertion for which the client should be prepared; weather extremes subject to sudden and unexpected changes; remoteness from normal medical services; evacuation difficulties.
In the event of injury or illness South Col Expeditions (Sujoy Das) or its Staff can, at the clients cost arrange any medical treatment and emergency evacuation service as it or they deem necessary for the health and safety of the client. Waiver of liability form as per link attached to be signed by the client. https://www.southcol.com/waiver-of-liability-release/


EVACUATION BY HELICOPTER
In the eventuality of not being covered by emergency helicopter evacuation insurance and an evacuation is considered necessary, the cost of the evacuation will be paid by the client in advance to the helicopter company/travel agent etc as deemed necessary.